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Queens of the Stone Age's 'No One Knows': Watch the sexy video for Olivier Libaux's groovy cover featuring Inara George - EXCLUSIVE

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Olivier Libaux is a prolific songwriter, performer, and producer, but he’s probably most known for Nouvelle Vague, a project that took punk and New Wave classics (like Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and the Clash’s “Guns of Brixton”) and reworked them into awesomely lounge-lizardy grooves.

Libaux’s latest project is called Uncovered: QOTSA, which takes Queens of the Stone Age songs and gives them the Nouvelle Vague treatment.  Singer/songwriter Inara George has the privilege of taking on what is probably the band’s best known hit, “No One Knows,” and inspiring a faceless, langorous girl to strip down to her birthday suit in the video, which you can watch exclusively below.

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Hear 'Sons of Anarchy' soundtrack favorite the White Buffalo's new song 'Joey White' - EXCLUSIVE

Between his gravel-voiced tales of hardship and his epic beard, it’s no surprise that singer-songwriter the White Buffalo has had a total of six of his songs appear on Sons of Anarchy (including the awesome “The Whistler,” which underscored one of last season’s biggest moments).

The man born Jake Smith has several new projects coming up, including a song called “The American Dream” that will be appearing on the soundtrack to The Lone Ranger and a concept album he’s been working on called Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways.

That album, due September 10, is a 14-track examination of an Iraq War veteran, from his enlistment to combat to his eventual return and unraveling. According to Smith, the track “Joey White” is the keystone. “This song follows Joey’s whirlwind military experience,” Smith explains. “Starting with joining, training, and the chaos of combat and war. He’s shot and sent home a changed man.”

Listen to the premiere of “Joey White” exclusively below:

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Hear a new, unreleased version of Big Star's 'September Gurls': EXCLUSIVE

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Last year, the endlessly influential but often under-appreciated Big Star got a much-deserved rock-doc treatment when Nothing Can Hurt Me hit the festival circuit. And though the documentary won’t see its official release until July 3, the movie’s soundtrack — loaded with unreleased demos and unheard versions of the Memphis band’s most beloved songs – hits streets today.

The 22-track collection includes a new mix of a “September Gurls,” which you can hear exclusively here. Written and sung by the late Alex Chilton, the 1974 Radio City cut is considered by fans as one of Big Star’s best, and this unissued version proves them right.

Listen the alternate mix of “September Gurls” below:

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Watch Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson in JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's 'Rouse Yourself' video - EXCLUSIVE

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This groovy, way-back kind of summer that began with Daft Punk, shimmied on through Bruno Mars, and took a Steely spin with Mayer Hawthorne, now continues with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound — with a little help from their fancy TV-star friends.

“Rouse Yourself,” from the Chicago quintet’s new album, Howl, perfectly encapsulates what they call their “post-punk soul” sound. And apparently it inspired New Girl star Jake Johnson (Johnson is friends with the band’s guitarist) and Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza to act like total deranged ninja (okay, that’s mostly Johnson) in the clip.

Check out the exclusive premiere of the “Rouse Yourself” video below: READ FULL STORY

Mayer Hawthorne's new Pharrell-produced 'Reach Out Richard': Hear it here - EXCLUSIVE

Just in time for Father’s Day, Hawthorne has a new track called “Reach Out Richard” that pays tribute to his dad.

The song, produced by Pharrell Williams (a.k.a. the man already featured on two of the top five songs in the country right now), is from his upcoming Where Does This Door Go, due July 16, and is giving us some serious Steely Dan/’70s funk yacht-party vibes.

Check out the exclusive EW premiere of “Reach Out Richard” below. READ FULL STORY

Myspace returns with new streaming capabilities, mobile app, and star-curated radio

Don’t look now, but Myspace is back — for real this time. The old social network is now Myspace (no capital S), a full-scale music destination designed to bring artists and fans together.

“When we bought it in 2011, it was so mismanaged, I don’t know what it was,” says Tim Vanderhook, who purchased Myspace with his brother Chris and now serves as its CEO. “But we bought Myspace to return it back to what it was so great at, which was a platform for creative expression, promotion, and discovery. We’ve talked a lot about Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Adele, all these artists who were discovered on Myspace. They were able to promote themselves and put out their brand. When you look at the intersection between all three of those things, that’s what we were trying to get back to. Ultimately we want to make a home for artists.”

For a lot of people who were just getting into the music business during Myspace’s first wave, it’s a welcome return. “I really got my start on Myspace back in ’06,” superproducer and rapper Hit-Boy told EW. “I reached out to everybody I thought could help me, and then people started reaching out to me. I just kept it going, and I would put new music on my page all the time… A lot of people I met on myspace back in ’05 or ’06 I’m still friends with today.”

Several other high profile artists have already signed on. In addition to Justin Timberlake, who operates as the creative director and has an ownership stake in the company, Pharrell Williams, Kenna, Mac Miller, Iggy Azaela, Charli XCX, Ciara, Schoolboy Q, and a host of others have already gotten involved by posting special GIFs (Williams seems especially adept at this), showing up in videos, and programming radio stations for Myspace’s newly-launched mobile app. READ FULL STORY

Charts: Queens of the Stone Age have the number one album, Robin Thicke has the top song, Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' opens big

After a six year wait, a new label, and a car crash with an actress on a CW show, Josh Homme finds himself at number one for the first time. 

Queens of the Stone Age’s excellent new album …Like Clockwork debuted at number one on this week’s Billboard chart, moving 91,000 copies in its opening week. It’s the first chart-topper for the band, as well as the first number one for indie label Matador, also home to indie stalwarts like Cat Power, Pavement, and Guided by Voices. (The label’s previous high on the chart was Interpol’s self-titled debut, which bowed at no. 7 in 2002.) READ FULL STORY

Watch Fitz & the Tantrums perform 'MoneyGrabber' on 'Guitar Center Sessions' - EXCLUSIVE

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DirecTV’s original series Guitar Center Sessions has featured intimate live performances from some of the best names in rock, including Weezer, Jimmy Cliff, Joe Walsh, Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton, Switchfoot, Megadeth, Ben Folds Five, and Jane’s Addiction.

The latest band to step into the arena (or more accurately, onto the small indoor stage) is Fitz & the Tantrums, who will be showcased on a new episode of Sessions this Friday, June 14 at 9 PM on channel 239. The Los Angeles neo-New Wavers just dropped their new album More Than Just a Dream, but the  highlight of their Guitar Center Sessions performance is the skronking “MoneyGrabber,” from their 2010 debut Pickin’ Up the Pieces.

Check out an exclusive performance of “MoneyGrabber” below.  READ FULL STORY

Nine Inch Nails' new single 'Came Back Haunted' arrives: Hear it here!

If you haven’t been getting enough Trent Reznor in your diet, you have no excuses.

Not only did Reznor’s band How to Destroy Angels put out a pretty great (and criminally overlooked) album earlier this year, Trent is also on the new Queens of the Stone Age album …Like Clockwork. But of course, most Reznorphiles were waiting for the official return of Nine Inch Nails, which has finally come in the form of the single “Came Back Haunted.”

The track, which surfaced last night as the download for those pre-ordering NIN’s new album Hesitation Marks, which will be released on September 3. Hesitation Marks is available for pre-order at iTunes now, and you can hear “Came Back Haunted” below.

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Scott Weiland countersues Stone Temple Pilots over music and name rights

Years ago when Guns N’ Roses (the original, Appetite For Destruction version) parted ways, there was a protracted legal argument that ended with frontman Axl Rose as the owner of the band’s name.

Several non-Axl members of GNR went on to form Velvet Revolver, and tapped Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland to provide vocal duties — and now Weiland himself is in a very similar battle with his old bandmates.

Just days after the other three members of STP—brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz—sued Weiland in an attempt to get him to stop playing STP songs and using the STP name on tour, Weiland has filed a $7 million countersuit. He’s seeking that amount in damages and wants a judge to dissolve the band partnership.  READ FULL STORY

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